There's no denying it. The lights are up. The tins of Quality Street are lining the supermarket shelves. There is a persistent feeling of mild panic in the air. The countdown to Christmas has begun!
But, never fear! With 101 different fragrances to choose from, The Library of Fragrance has something for everyone, from bookworms, to snowboarders, to those who simply love perfume. We've selected our top picks to get your browsing off to a good start. And, as perfume lovers ourselves, we've also selected the best perfume-related gifts from elsewhere, that we're hoping to find under the tree this year!
Our most emblematic fragrance, The Library of Fragrance Dirt was made to smell exactly like the earth from the fields around the Pennsylvania family farm, belonging to our founding perfumer. Smelling exactly as it sounds, our Dirt fragrance is an earthy scent that’s instantly grounding and is surprisingly wearable, bizarrely addictive and strangely sexy on both men and women. The Library of Fragrance Dirt Cologne - £15 / 30ml
Take us to Italy! … Failing that, a good coffee will stir the spirits on even the drowsiest of mornings. Our Espresso fragrance captures the rich depth and attitude of a freshly ground cup. Perfect for those in need of a [decaffeinated] pick-me-up. The Library of Fragrance Espresso Cologne - £15 / 30ml
Did you know that volatile organic compounds are released by aging paper, and it's this process that gives old books that very distinctive, pleasantly musty scent, which every Kindle user misses? The Library of Fragrance ‘Paperback’ Cologne celebrates our love affair with literature, with a backdrop of milky-vanilla sweetness, joined by delicate woody facets and just a touch of must and dust. It smells just like your favourite second hand bookshop. The Library of Fragrance Paperback Cologne - £15 / 30ml
The Library of Fragrance bottled that fresh, just-out-of-the-can, eau de PLAY-DOH aroma as part of a year-long celebration of the beloved brand’s 50th birthday and it swiftly became one of our best-sellers, enjoyed especially by highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood. The Library of Fragrance Play-Doh Cologne £15 / 30ml
After years of effort, we were able to capture the essence of snow in a chilling, cool, clean and fresh scent, with just a touch of dust (necessary to form flakes) and earth (upon which to rest). The Fragrance Foundation recognized this unique fragrance as the Best Fragrance in America in 2000, awarding Snow two FiFi Awards – the fragrance version of an Oscar. It smells like silent moments in the forest after fresh snowfall. The Library of Fragrance Snow Cologne £15 / 30ml
If you know someone who would rather be mucking out at the stables, than mucking in at the office, our Stable fragrance might just keep them going until they can get there. It smells of fresh hay with just a hint of muck and a touch of sweet animal sweat. It’s as close to actually being 'there' as you can get from your desk. The Library of Fragrance Stable Cologne £15 / 30ml
This is our favourite book about our favourite topic: the astonishing wonders of the sense of smell. The first and definitive book on the psychology of smell, The Scent of Desire traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large. Smell was the very first sense to evolve and is located in the same part of the brain that processes emotion, memory, and motivation. To our ancestors, the sense of smell wasn't just important, it was crucial to existence and it remains so today. Our emotional, physical, even sexual lives are profoundly shaped by both our reactions to and interpretations of different smells.
The wonders of our sense of smell are all explored in a compelling and engaging manner, from emotions and memory to aromatherapy and pheromones. For anyone who has ever wondered about human nature or been curious about the secrets of both the body and the mind, The Scent of Desire is a fascinating, down-to-earth tour of the psychology and biology of our most neglected sense, the sense of smell. The Scent of Desire, Rachel Herz - available from Amazon in digital (£4.99), paperback and hardback formats.
If you know someone who loves perfume, wants to explore the world of fragrance more deeply, or is simply on a mission to find their perfect signature scents, look no further than gifting them a subscription to The Perfume Society. With a website featuring everything that anyone ever wanted to know about fragrance and the art of perfumery, news about the latest launches, fragrance ‘discovery boxes’, The Scented Letter digital magazine and a community of like-minded souls ready to welcome them to the next scent-sational event, it really is the best way to delve into the wonderful, extraordinary world of scent.Your 'gift' will begin with the recipient receiving a joining box crammed full of fragrant treats and a lovely ‘Welcome’ note with their VIP Subscriber card inside.The Perfume Society VIP Subscription (1 year), including a monthly edition of The Scented Letter magazine £25
It might look like a simple device, but these mini atomisers from Travalo, have won countless awards for their ingenious practicality and fuss-free filling. Each Travalo refills in seconds directly from any standard perfume bottle (including ours!) and carries up to 50 sprays of fragrance. The innovative Genie-S 'pump to fill' system perfectly transfers fragrance without spills or damaging exposure to air. They are glass-free and hold a small amount of liquid (around 5ml), so they can be carried within airline hand luggage and are also brilliant for taking to festivals and other events where glass objects would be confiscated. They won't break or leak in handbags - and attractive cases are also available from the website: if someone you know has created their own personal blend of our Colognes, why not give them a case that carries three Travalos, so they can refresh their scent whilst they are out and about? Travalo, from around £12
Finally, as a result of popular demand, we have just launched a gift card, which can be purchased from our website in denominations of £10 - £200. If you're still unsure about the perfect fragrant gift for someone, why not give them the gift of choice? With over 100 different fragrances on our website, which can all be mixed, matched and layered together to create a new scent, there's sure to be something to suit every taste. The Library of Fragrance Gift Card - from £10 to £200.
May your festivities be fabulous and fragrant!